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No public option, new agreement reached (supposedly) thoughts?

In place of a government-run plan, originally designed as a way of forcing competition on private industry, officials said the Democrats had tentatively settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, the tentative deal calls for Medicare to be opened to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the 65-and-over population.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:59 PM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • honestly I feel like we won't know how it will work until it is in place, I don't want to get all worked up over something that has not happened yet. Also we voted these people in and really we have little control over what they are doing unless you have millions to change their minds.
    PsychMommie

    Answer by PsychMommie at 10:03 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • link?
    armywife43

    Answer by armywife43 at 10:03 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:12 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • I'm holding for further info. I am worried about the Medicare thing though. If they do this they aren't going to be able to gut Medicare like they had planned...if they do there will be even bigger problems.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:23 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • They had better not "Gut Medicare". That would kill off people over 65. ANd now 55. Yoiks.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • How many Republicans were a part of this closed door meeting of the Senate mind(less)? This deal requires those 55 and over to BUY into Medicare at subsidized rates( likely more than retirees age 65 and over.) which could hurt the already low reimbursement rates Dr's and hospitals get.


    Sweet, you have used the AMA as an argument before (in support of government hc)... What do YOU think about: The American Medical Association said it opposes expanding Medicare because doctors face steep pay cuts under the program and many Medicare patients are struggling to find a doctor. Hospitals also said expanding Medicare and Medicaid is a bad idea.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:14 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • This deal requires those 55 and over to BUY into Medicare at subsidized rates


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    Sounds to me like it's their solution to pay for Medicare expansions! 55 year olds are LESS likely to need the medical care and services as 65 year olds! Same reasoning as the Dems requiring EVERYONE to have health insurance--they need the predominantly healthy 20 and 30 somethings to pay into the health care system for as long as possible and hopefully not need to "cash in" on the premiums paid, in order to offset those who bleed the system dry!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:25 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • Also Sweet, there is no public option? Are you sure? Have you consulted with Harry Ried who says there still IS a public option?


    Reid said reports the government-run “public option” had been dropped were “not true.”

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:35 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • The officials who described the details of the closed-door negotiations did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Several officials stressed that so far, Democrats had technically agreed only on submitting proposals to the Congressional Budget Office for their impact on the bill’s cost and other analysis.


    Transparency you can believe in....  Compliments of Democrats....  Priceless....  Or shall I say Generational Theft? 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:37 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • Also Sweet, there is no public option? Are you sure? Have you consulted with Harry Ried who says there still IS a public option? Reid said reports the government-run “public option” had been dropped were “not true.”


    Retract your claws, I SAID supposedly...and asked for your thoughts, WHY are you so nasty?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:30 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

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